Branson Fall Events: Signature Festivals, Shows and Family Fun

Branson fall events rank as some of the top Missouri activities among visitors and locals – and for good reason. This Ozark mountain town focuses on year-round family fun, ensuring guests celebrate the best of the area and Western culture. From themed festivals to decked-out city centers, families won’t want to miss these events. Learn about the most popular Branson fall events to attend on family vacation.

Branson Fall Events: September through October

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Have a Toe-stompin’ Good Time

Music helps bring everyone together, and Branson has two fall festivals that get toes tappin. Southern Gospel Picnic runs from August through September and features award-winning artists. Country Music Days occurs most of September. This festival offers 13 days of country music, with Saturday night celebrity shows.

Autumn Daze

Held in mid-September, Autumn Daze features arts and crafts, music and entertainment. For three days, visitors can browse local crafters and vendors while meeting new people. Each day brings free entertainment to the live stage as well.

Whether souvenir shopping or starting holiday shopping early, Autumn Daze showcases items only found in Branson. For example, shop for quilts, jewelry, crochet and knitted items, accessories, toys, iron works, collectibles and much more.

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Support Our Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 913 in Branson hosts several events for the family that honor those who served in the U.S. military. Held in October, the Trout Tournament takes place on Lake Taneycomo, where teams of two can win cash prizes. All proceeds benefit the Veteran projects scheduled by the Branson chapter.

If visiting during Veterans Day, attend the Veterans Day Parade that marches through downtown Branson and Branson Landing. The chapter also hosts luncheons, reunions and special shows.

Go Trick-or-Treating (and Shopping)

Help kids into their favorite costumes, and head to Branson Landing on Halloween. Home to dozens of retail stores, restaurants and activities, families enjoy free trick-or-treating throughout the street in safe environment. The Safe Street Trick or Treat event takes place on October 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and afterwards have dinner at one of Branson Landing’s restaurants.

See Free Concerts

Enjoy no cover charge and live concerts hosted by Copper Run Distillery. Every Friday and Saturday evening in the fall, guests jam to performers in country, rock and soul. In addition, adults can sample Ozark Mountain moonshine, whiskey and rum, all made in small batches and handcrafted in the mountains.

Branson Fall Events: November and December

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Branson Landing Winter Wonderlanding

Kick off the Christmas season in November and attend the annual Winter Wonderlanding. This two-month event includes the Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade in November, which features music, fun, celebrities and Christmas songs.

In addition to the parade, guests enjoy browsing more than 85 shops decked-out in holiday decorations. Also, take pictures with the 50-foot tall Christmas tree located in the landing’s center as well as see Santa in his tree house. This Branson fall event is also a great place to get a jump-start or finish Christmas shopping.

Drive Through the Trail

Drive through the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, full of lights and animated Christmas displays. Visitors enjoy viewing millions of lights as well as individual lands transformed into fantasy, patriotic and religious themes. A Trail of Lights ticket also grants access to the Inspiration Tower, which takes guests 230-feet above ground for scenic views of the area. To make an evening of it, plan a cowboy dinner before the drive.

Have An Old-Time Christmas

One of the top-rated Christmas events according to online reviewers is An Old Time Christmas hosted by Silver Dollar City. Park guests will see more than 5 million lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, Broadway-inspired shows and a Christmas light parade. When not attending an event or shopping, ride more than 30 thrill rides and attractions. Whether permitting, rides operate day and night, all set against the lights and sounds of the holiday season.

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